Last Friday, May 6, 2016, famous baseball legend Willie Mays turned 85! He played for the San Francisco Giants baseball team. He was number 24, and he was a center fielder for the Giants. He first played for the New York and San Francisco Giants, but then he was traded to the New York Mets. His height is 5"11, and his parents were Annie Satterwhite and William Howard Mays. He is loved by most people in America and has inspired many people.
Willie Mays' major league career started in 1951, and he was drafted into the army in 1952 and 1953 during the Korean War. After that, he returned to the Giants and was really great at hitting and catching. Then he was moved to the San Francisco Giants. During entire his baseball career, he won two Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards and was also inducted to the baseball Hall Of Fame in 1979. There was many more awards that he got such as the NL Rookie Of The Year and the Golden Glove award.
For his birthday, he got to ride on a cable car with the number 24. He rode in the cable car with Mayor Ed Lee and started at the Cable Car Barn and went down Washington Street. Willie also got a message from President Obama saying, "When they say a San Francisco cable car is the first national landmark the moves, they forgot to count Willie on the baseball paths." Willie also took pictures with fans at the Cable Car Barn. Willie also got balloons and a plaque on the Cable Car with a description of him.
In conclusion, Willie Mays is an awesome player and he really deserves all of this. I am happy him and that he got this.